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These funds will be used to offset the cost of obtaining a service dog that has been trained to recognize hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic conditions and blood sugar levels. These training programs are relatively new and expensive. Thank you.

Service dogs of a particular temperment and personality can be trained to smell the chemical that the human body releases shortly before a hypoglycemic reaction (low blood sugar).  In this way, a service dog acts as an additional defense against extreme reactions and will thus aide in averting permanent damage from hypoglycemic incidents.  There are less than a dozen organizations in the U.S.  and less than 1/2 dozen organizations that can or will provide service for the Maryland and D.C. area.  Just as not every person is cut out to be a doctor, not every dog, nor every dog of a certain type can be trained in this field.  All of these factors cause the price of training a dog and it's future owner to run between $8,000 and $20,000.  Having a service dog will provide a safety net for me as my career requires me to be on call 24/7 at various times of the month and also will allow me the opportunity to remain as independant as possibile.  This freedom also provides the safety of helping others in various endeavors without adding the stress and increasing the worry level for my wife.  On more than one occasion she has returned home from a hard day at work to find me unconcious in our house.  This is the type of situation that a service dog is trained  for.  A service dog is trained to help keep these situations from deteriorating to the point when the diabetic has lost conciousness and the ability to counter act the condition on their own, both at home and in public areas.

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